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Morning Brew: Ford ally pulls her support for new Port Lands vision, a rat makes a commotion at City Hall, parents disapprove of sexual topics in student planners, Dubya isn't coming to Toronto after all, signficant road and subway closures this weekend

On the same day when a new poll shows Rob Ford's gravy train is running out of steam, one of his loyal Ford teamsters is yanking her support for his waterfront plan. Jaye Robinson, a newbie councillor for Don Valley West, says Ford's plan is "too light" for her and believes Waterfront Toronto has a "good model." Referring to the recent downward turn of events for Ford, councillor Adam Vaughan remarked that "the honeymoon is clearly over." The bets are good, however, that Ford will stay the course.

A rat made quite the commotion at City Hall yesterday. Yes, a literal rat. The rat appeared in budget chief Mike Del Grande's office and bit a city worker before finally being killed. The incident caused councillor Adam Vaughan to zing Rob Ford: "it was looking for gravy; it didn't find any so it ate a city worker."

Some parents became outraged at the Toronto District School Board when they discovered that mature sexual topics, such as female genital mutilation and ending violence against sex workers, could be found in school planners for young students. The topics appeared under the heading "Days of Significance," which is usually reserved for multi-faith events. Some parents, on the other hand, support the inclusion of such topics.

George W. Bush isn't coming to Toronto after all. The former U.S. president was scheduled to appear at an event next week hosted by Tyndale University College and Seminary, a local evangelical Christian school. The news comes after three former students launched a petition urging the school to cancel the appearance. Even an employee quit in protest over the event. The university has announced a "scheduling change" on their website and wouldn't comment on the details.

Leave it to the Sun. According to the paper, Toronto has the some of the "most intellectual" strippers in Canada with 50 per cent of the city's exotic dancers being college and university students from across the GTA. This news should, however, disrupt some of the more lazy stereotypes associated with this line of work.


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